Qantas is taking Netflix and Chill to new heights.
Jet-setters will soon be able to stream their favourite TV shows, shop online and snapchat to their heart’s content as Qantas has announced it will be rolling out free Wi-Fi across its domestic flights.
The airline synonymous with flying kangaroos has taken a leap towards new technology partnering up with global broadband provider ViaStat to supply Wi-Fi through the nbn(TM) network.
If you have experienced in-flight internet access before and struggled to load a photo on your Newsfeed let alone a whole movie, never fear. This new service will be about 10x faster, so you can watch as many Leonardo DiCaprio films as you like. We won’t judge.
Trials will begin in a retrofitted Qantas Boeing 737 late this year, followed by a full roll-out for all domestic A330s and B737s in early 2017.
So why has it taken so long for Australian domestic aviation to catch up with this technology?
According to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce: “The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for inflight connectivity but the recent launch of NBN’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help.”
In the future, Qantas will also explore the option of introducing free inflight Wi-Fi to its regional and international fleet.
As someone who already gets excited over the free food (and evening drinks) provided on flights, the thought of free Wi-Fi might be almost too much to handle.
Either way, it’s surely great news for anyone who is scared of flying, wants to keep in touch with their family or is just really addicted to Facebook.